Petition to Bruce Rauner
Require ISP's with Illinois state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
I'm calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of Illinois government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please sign my petition asking Governor Bruce Rauner to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Petition to Alexis Kristine
Stop the 'bmx' grounds and fix Platt Park
When my fiancé and I started our search for our first home, the most important thing we wanted was a park near by for our two year old daughter. We kept thinking, “a park will give her a great outlet to run and play and just blow off some energy every nice day”. We ended up finding that ‘perfect’ home just a field away from Platt Park. The park needed some updating but we thought at the time, it was perfect for our daughter, huge field for her to run and play in, fly kites when she’s old enough, pick up pine cones every autumn and make crafts, the works, we literally purchased our home because of this wonderful field and cute park we would feel safe at every time. Now let’s fast forward literally a YEAR we purchased our home... they are dumping dirt. Piles and piles of dirt, for what? We still aren’t exactly sure what the park district is thinking? A ‘bmx’ field? Why? Why not build up the park that we have come to love, the park that needs work to make sure little kids have a retreat to play and feel safe? Now? Now we have trucks dumping dirt, pile after pile... ruining the view of not only the park, but taking away something that meant so much to my family and my new neighbors families. Countless lives were shook all because of? We aren’t being told anything. No one came to our door and told us what was going to happen so close to our home, no one plans on fixing up a park that my fiancé played at as a child. Our view has changed, our property value has plummeted. Now this ‘bmx’ thing is not only seeing people on bikes but ATV’s! It’s DANGEROUS. I’d like to know how the city of Sterling would feel if someone walked into a gorgeous field literally in front of their home and just started dumping dirt, pile after pile, and didn’t care how they felt. How would you feel if you had to tell your two year old little girl that you can no longer go in that field to play because now it’s too dangerous for her to play?! This has put a bad taste in my mouth as a citizen of Sterling, I really wish they would have looked at all sides before they decided to damage the view.I would like you to take a look at the photos and think to yourself "Why are they causing this much damage to a beautiful field instead of fixing up a park that dozens of children would want to play at if it were SAFER". Please, as a parent, as a citizen and tax payer, please consider my opinion as your own and help me fight make Platt Park a better place.
Petition to Scott Eisenhauer, Danville City Council
Demand that Danville Mayor Eisenhauer commit to lowering emissions
One of the greatest threats facing not only our country but the world is climate change. There is substantial evidence for the existence of climate change and also evidence that human activity is a significant contributing factor. The effects of climate change and increased pollution will be devastating as it will lead to warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increase in extreme weather events, ocean acidification, poorer public health and significantly more. As members of the Danville community we demand that Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and the Danville City Council join the 357 Climate Mayors across the country and commit to lowering emissions. Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the American Public Health Association all agree that climate change and increased pollution will have detrimental effects on public health as it will threaten a community's water supply, increase in vector-borne diseases and extreme weather events, and lead to an increase in heat waves. This will affect the most vulnerable in our society such as the elderly, children, the sick, and the poor. Lowering emissions and achieving a healthier and safer community should be championed by all of our elected officials. We can no longer ignore the effects of climate change and it is time for us to take steps to lessen its effects. Many cities and communities across the country have already taken steps to commit to fight climate change. This is an opportunity for Danville to be a leader on a national and global scale and help make our community cleaner and safer for future generations. Join us in demanding that the city of Danville make a commitment to lowering emissions. http://climatemayors.org/
Petition to Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Mike Pence
Investigate Illinois Lawmakers!
To Whom it May Concern, We are writing to you today as alarmed citizens, of the once great state of Illinois. As you are aware, our state has been in a financial crisis, for quite some time, and has been without a budget for three years. We are currently awaiting the house vote on an incredibly unbalanced budget, that proposes a permanent 32% tax increase, with no substantial spending reform. Mike Madigan is the one responsible for the budget proposal, and currently resides in Cook County. I bring this to light, as the constituents of Illinois are more than just Chicago. We are hard working families, farmers, children, teachers, and the elderly. We are more than the Chicago Skyline, Cubs, Lakeshore Drive, and Lake Michigan. We are corn, soy beans, wind energy, corn by products, coal, and oil. We are the State of Illinois, we are contributing to the world with all of the above referenced products, and not just with Caterpillar and State Farm. This budget impacts us in numerous ways, we will go into just a few. Our schools are currently owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state. Our doctors and hospitals are currently owed astronomical amounts, for past due Medicaid payments. Entities that get funding from the state of Illinois, have not seen the needed funds to operate properly. The proposed budget does not address ANY of the backlogged bills this state has. The state and local government owes, $203 billion, for retiree's pension, and health insurance. (The Illinois Policy Institute) Illinois is under review by Moodys, as the state has already been downgraded to one level above junk status, after last month's ruling that the state has to properly fund it's Medicaid obligations. (Illinoispolicy.org) In 2016 the state of Illinois had 7,499 teachers/administrators, that were collecting $100,000 or more, in pensions. Those 7,499 "highly compensated" school administrator/teachers cost the state $900 million in 2015. (Forbes.com-Mapping Illinois $100k+ teacher pensions). With the problem to only continue to worsen, as Illinois is expected to have, 10,000 "highly compensated" school administrators/teachers, in 2017. Next, we would like talk about Mike Madigan, and his conflict of interest, when it comes to property taxes. Mike Madigan, has been speaker of the house, for all but 2 years since 1983. Madigan has pushed legislators to raise property taxes, while using his business as a tax attorney, to secure $58 million in tax cuts, for well connected Chicago and suburban Cook county property owners, from 2003 to 2013. (Chicago Sun Times) We call Logan County Illinois, home, and as of 2015, 14.2 percent of our county lives below the poverty line. Our median household income in Logan County, as of 2015, was $50,539. Neighboring counties are close to these numbers as well. That said, our property taxes are between $2,000 and $3,000 per household. While Madigan is busy with the taxes, there are other legislators busy with earmarks for projects in their home districts. For instance, Senator Dale Righter, was the only republican senator to vote to approve the $36.5 billion budget. Without his help, this budget would have failed. There is an amendment that was added to the budget at the last minute, that has an earmark of more than $4.8 million, for remodeling projects at Illinois Eastern University, which is in Righter's home district. The spending was in an amendment, which is more than 600 pages long, and appears to contain hundreds of similar projects, totaling at least, in the hundreds of millions of dollars. (Illinois News Network). In writing this, we are asking for help from our Federal government, as our state government continues to fail the hard working men and women of Illinois. We need transparency, we need reform, we need term limits, we need NO NEW OR INCREASED TAXES, we need to cut back on spending, and frivolous expenditures, and we need an immediate investigation into the malfeasance, and mismanagement of taxpayer funds. We are begging for help, there are many, many, more issues that we the people face, and we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss them, at any time. Help us drain our swamp! Respectfully, Kristen Prudhomme, San Jose IL. firstname.lastname@example.org Gina Abner, San Jose IL. email@example.com